300M BALL JOINTS
2000 Chrysler 300 • 6 cylinder FWD Automatic • 158,000 miles
I own a 2000 Chrysler 300m, and have been driving it daily for the past three years. The car had 102,000 miles when I bought it, it now has 158,000. About three months ago, at 154,000 miles, the driver side wheel bearing began to hum. Shortly after, before i was able to fix the bearing, the ball joint on the passenger side snapped. I had it towed in to a shop, and the mechanic told me I needed a ball joint as well as a new CV axle. The total for this repair was $432, $150 for labor, as well as $155 for the ball joint and $108 for the CV axle. The mechanic didn't fix the wheel bearing on the other side, and I took the car back as it was because I needed transportation. when he returned the car, he told me that I needed the same thing done on the other side, but that I had a month or so to do it. A week later, the wheel bearing broke on the driver side, and I returned the car to him. This time he charged me $665, $200 for labor, $97 for the bearing assembly, $108 for another CV axle, $115 for two outer tie rods, $32 for new caliper bolts, and $68 for new tie rod sleeves. when I got the car back, he told me I needed an alignment, and to go someplace else and get one. I drove the car and it rode the same as it did before, so I didn't get the alignment. Three months later, I have put only 4000 miles on the car and the passenger side ball joint and CV axle just broke again. The mechanic says that this is because I didn't get the alignment, but I'm not so sure. I've driven cars that needed to be aligned before, and never had any ball joints break as a result. I think that he may have not put it on right, or missed something else that caused the problem. Is it likely that needing an alignment would cause a ball joint to break this quick, on only one side, or is this guy trying to hose me?
January 26, 2011.
January 26, 2011.
Check out the related content while we wait for the question to be answered by a professional mechanic.
I want to maintain both of my vehicles. I do most repair work that is possible. I have 1998 GMC ...
2 answers • 1998 GMC Jimmy • 198,000 miles
1985 Mercedes 380se, Anyone have a diagram or procedure/advice for replacing the lower front end ...
1 answer • 1985 Mercedes Benz 380se • 220,000 miles
Hey I was wondering how to replace upper and lower ball joints and control arms on a 1994 honda ...
1 answer • 1994 Honda Prelude • 156,600 miles
2002 Mercury Mountaineer AWD V6 4.0L Trying to change the front lower ball joints and ran into ...
8 answers • 2002 Mercury Mountaineer • 125,500 miles